Tuesday, November 25, 2014

4 Reasons To Be Thankful For Cranberries

Between the creamy mashed potatoes and the steaming, delicious turkey, cranberries are probably one the most passed-over dishes on our Thanksgiving menu. Sure, there is that cranberry sauce, but honestly how much of our precious plate space are we going to devote to that?

Here are some reasons you may want to consider those red beauties as something more than just table decor.

1. Heart Health
Cranberries are great at helping prevent cardiovascular disease. Chemical compounds in cranberries help fight the build up of plaque in arteries, which can lead to heart attack.

2. Fight Infections
We all know that cranberry juice is great for fighting UTI's (at least women sure do), but they can actually help with numerous other infections as well, including lung infection and kidney infection.

3. Good for Your Gut
Studies have shown that participants who had cranberries in their diet had a better presence of good bacteria in their gut, which can help aid digestion. That extra help certainly couldn't hurt over the Holidays..

4. Antioxidant Powerhouse
Antioxidants are great for helping prevent cancer and with anti-aging, and cranberries pack quite the punch! Cranberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich berries, just behind our beloved blueberries.

Now you know why you should add a heaping spoonful of cranberries to your plate! But, if that canned cranberry sauce (or rather, jello mold..) is not to your liking, I don't blame you! Here are some awesome recipes to highlight these berries and enhance your Thanksgiving feast!

Go on! Feel free to have seconds of those delicious cranberry dishes! (Don't worry, I won't tell!)

What are your favorite cranberry dishes for Thanksgiving?!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

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